I read tonight in the last Chapter of the bible a word that I find the most fearful in the whole of Scripture: “Outside!” Exclusion from the blessedness of the Lord’s presence forever! Oh that some brands may be plucked from the burning this Lord’s Day and bear the marks of a story of salvation for all to see so that many looking on those newly born from above may ask themselves, “How could a person once so badly burned be so alive now?”
In my present state of limitations on health, I have no excess physical or mental energy for excess fight. I have not the energy to be part of a church congregation for example where the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not believed in or sought in obedience of Scripture. I can be one with Christians who disagree with my stance on these matters, and indeed can be one with Christians with whom I disagree over many things. I know this however: I cannot pretend to be one with those who do not believe in the atoning power of the blood of Christ and the need for every man or woman born to be born again if they are to see the Kingdom of God. God is a God who excludes as well as includes. If preachers do not make that clear they have the blood of the unsaved on their hands according to my bible.
Preacher, are you yourself saved? How can you be if you hide the way of salvation from others? “Repent and believe.” Would a lost man or woman in your congregation this Lord’s Day know with a clarity the answer to their lostness? Or have you merely become some wise commentator on the age we live in, and/or an expert in talking on issues facing the church and forgotten all about eternity?
… but then I ask, how deeply do I believe? Tonight I heard someone praying in distress and compassion for the lost in a way that I never have…God have mercy on me…
PS. News Update: These lost people I heard someone praying for? The praying person had a vision of gospel seed being sown among them by a specific person. Have just heard that has just been fulfilled this very night! It all happened just as had been prayed, just as had been “seen.”
Thanks for this word,reminds me of one of the first Christian books I was given to read. “Why revival tarries” by Leonard Ravenhill.
Psalm 126.5. Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.